Go ve­gan for World Food Day

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: HEATHER MOORE NOR­FOLK, VA.

On World Food Day, Oct. 16, why not do some­thing that will re­ally help al­le­vi­ate hunger? Go ve­gan. An eye­open­ing study, which was pub­lished in the Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tional Academy of Sciences, in­di­cates that if all Amer­i­cans were to go ve­gan, there would be enough food to feed the 327 mil­lion peo­ple cur­rently liv­ing in the U.S. — plus 350 mil­lion more.

Re­searchers an­a­lyzed the land that’s be­ing used to raise cows, pigs, and chick­ens and found that if it were in­stead used to cul­ti­vate plant foods that pro­vide an equiv­a­lent amount of calo­ries, pro­tein, and other nu­tri­ents, the amount of avail­able food would in­crease by a whop­ping 120 per­cent.

That alone is rea­son enough for ev­ery­one to stop eat­ing ba­con cheese­burg­ers and bar­be­cued chicken wings, but the study also sug­gests that it would sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce green­house-gas emis­sions and health care costs.

So, please do your part to al­le­vi­ate hunger, com­bat cli­mate change, and save money at the same time — not to men­tion an­i­mals. It’s es­ti­mated that each ve­gan saves nearly 200 an­i­mals ev­ery year. See www.PETA.org for more in­for­ma­tion and free ve­gan recipes and prod­uct sug­ges­tions.

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